The partner of an Aussie Instagram influencer has been arrested and charged with murdering his mum more than two years ago.
Andre Zachary Rebelo, 26, has been accused of killing Colleen Rebelo, who was found dead in her home in the affluent riverside Perth suburb of Bicton in May 2020, PerthNow reports.
Mr Rebelo is the long-time partner of popular influencer Gracie Piscopo, the publication reports. Ms Piscopo, who boasts more than a million followers on Instagram and hundreds of thousands more on TikTok and YouTube, reportedly shares a young child with Mr Rebelo.
When approached by Yahoo News Australia, Western Australia Police confirmed Homicide Squad detectives had arrested a 26-year-old man on Tuesday “as part of an investigation into to the death of a woman, who was located deceased at a residence in Bicton on 25 May, 2020”.
Police said a “26-year-old North Coogee man – who is known to the victim – was taken into custody and charged with one count of murder”. He is next due to appear in the Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on December 21.
Instagram photos show happy couple
The shocking news comes as Ms Piscopo’s career continues to flourish following a 2019 modelling campaign stint for Khloe Kardashian’s clothing brand Good American.
Numerous photos posted to her Instagram show several raunchy photos of the mum and Mr Rebelo embracing and kissing each other. In one series of images, the young couple can be seen canoodling in a bathtub filled with bubbles while drinking what appears to be champagne.
Others show the parents doting on their young son, including dressing up as a family for Halloween. One picture of the couple on New Year’s Eve appears to suggest they have been together since 2015.
Despite Mr Rebelo’s persistent appearance on the influencer’s social media over the years, he has not been seen in any of her posts for several months.
According to PerthNow, an online biography revealed Mr Rebelo was previously his partner’s manager. “He takes care of her finances and the behind-the-scene work on her videos. She and her partner grew up in the same neighbourhood but went to separate schools,” it reads.
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